What you are experiencing is perfectly normal. There WILL be times you don't lose - maybe for a few weeks on end. There WILL be times you will gain a little. That doesn't mean that you are doing anything wrong. You have to remember that with exercise you develop muscle and that muscle WILL weigh - think of the extra fluid re blood etc. to 'service' it. You have only been on this journey for 3 weeks, and having lost 5lb is a really fantastic feat :-) You will get where you want/need to be, but you just need some patience.
It took me 16 months to lose the first 50lb - slow and steady. I have since lost more. I have been maintaining now for nearly 3 years. I had been overweight for about 30 years!
I went to have a little peek at your Nutrition Tracker but if you are using SP's one, it is private. You will find that you will get more help on this journey if you open it for better input.
Other than that, it would appear (to me, and I'm not qualified) that if you are eating closer to 1200 calories, AND exercising, then you may not be eating enough. 1200 calories is basically what is recommended for an average weight woman who is sedentary. When you factor in increased weight and/or exercise, the calories needs to be a bit more. Probably around the 1450 cal's would be a better mark for you. Also, by what you listed, if that is an example of your average daily nutrition, you may want to add some more fruit/veges to your day. Try to get a rainbow of colour, because then you will be covering a lot more nutrients in your diet. Also, make sure that your protein is from lean sources - i.e. turkey, skinless chicken, fish, lean pork, cottage cheese, low fat yoghurt, etc. Lentils and beans are also good sources of protein and have the added plus of extra fibre.
Good luck, and remember, have patience.... Rome wasn't built in a day :-)
Thank you all for your input... I understand about the not eating enough, but I've always stayed within what SparkPeople recommends for me. I guess that's why I didn't think I was eating too little. I've upped my calories a little the past two days, so I guess we'll see. It's just so frustrating when you're trying so hard and you see no change :-/
current weight: 230.8
Fitness Minutes: (3,096)
11/7/13 3:30 P
Hey- im in the same boat as you. I started at 242 and im at 238.6. My tracker has my min cal intake at 1350 so I agree with the other posters you may need to increase a bit. Im trying to stay around 1400 a day. I wouldnt worry so much about staying the same for a week. PUT THE SCALE AWAY lol thats what I had to do yesterday. Have you been tracking inches lost? You could be losing inches and just not pounds right now. Stay positive & keep at it you will see the results you want in time :)
I have to agree, I don't think you are eating enough. It's an odd concept to get used to but really you have to eat to loose weight. You just have to choose the right foods... fruits and veggies, protein, fiber, carbs (yes some carbs, you need them to for brain function and energy) and calcium.
I try to eat something small every three hours to keep the metabolism burning and working for me at rest.
I try to take two brisk walks every day in addition to whatever workout I have planned for the day.
Strength training! Improving muscle tone helps your body burn calories at rest.
BUT you have to give your body the proper fuel to do all this for you. If I stuck close to 1500 calories a day, I'd pass out!
I also agree with ditching the scale for a while. Take the focus away from the number!
It's pretty glaring to me that you're starving yourself if you're eating close to 1200 calories a day and you weigh 238 pounds. Up your calories and focus on your nutrition (making sure to get enough protein and fiber) and you should start to see results.
One week does not a plateau make. The best thing you can do for yourself is to commit to a healthy lifestyle and put away the scale for a month or two. THEN note your progress.
Pounds lost: 63.2
Fitness Minutes: (911)
11/6/13 1:34 P
Are you logging everything you eat? Are you eating within your suggested range? Are you eating too little and working out too much? I think we need to see your food charts to see if that might be what is holding you back.
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Fitness Minutes: (911)
11/6/13 1:07 P
I have completely changed how I eat for the better as of three weeks ago. I started out at 243, I'm down to 238...but it's stayed at that number for a week. I do t know what to do :( it's so frustrating. I have not eaten more than 1500 calories in three weeks (normally closer to 1200). I have been exercising. I am at a loss...I feel like the scale should be moving down :(
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